It snowed for the first time this season a couple weeks ago and I can't even begin to tell you how excited I am about Christmas. I love Christmas. It is without a doubt my favourite time of year. I started some Christmas shopping and I'm looking forward to the wrapping: this year I want to wrap my gifts with brown paper, and twine and ribbon and bow from the craft store. I used to always just use the wrapping paper my mom would buy, but I really want to decorate my gifts from scratch. I love crafty projects and I think I may even just blog some of my artsy DIY gift wrapping ideas.
This is a peculiar time, where the year is coming to a close. I'm always thrilled about the new year, the lessons that await, and the lessons that have already come my way. There are a few notable lessons I've learned lately, revelations actually, a perspective shift of sorts, and it has definitely been profound. Sometimes, it can be difficult to understand where it is that you need to improve, or shift.
I can be a stubborn person. And I can point the finger easily. And also, I make mountains out of molehills. But that's a different story.
Over the past six weeks I have learned that sometimes you need to look within and see where you could be less impatient, or more compassionate; where you could communicate better, or listen better, or love better, or understand better, or have more empathy, or sympathy; or where you could not act upon your anger, or speak with that tone of voice, where you could take a step back, where you could look at the bigger picture, and listen to their side of the story, too.
In essence I have learned that life isn't always perfect, and it isn't always going to match your expectations. In fact, expectations rarely equal reality. And that's a pretty big deal. Thanks, November.
Also, here's my new favourite word, aka the best character trait ever:
having or showing fine personal qualities or high moral principles and ideals.
"the promotion of human rights was a noble aspiration"
synonyms: righteous, virtuous, good, honourable, upright, decent, worthy, moral, ethical, reputable
Seriously. We should all be a little more noble.